Barrow RNLI called to Stranded Yachtsman
Volunteer crew from the RNLI’s Barrow Lifeboat Station launched their inshore lifeboat this morning to go to the aid of a stranded yachtsman in Walney Channel
The call for assistance came through from the regional HM Coastguard base in Holyhead at 11.17a.m. The information received was that a yachtsman had become stranded aboard his vessel which was moored north of Jubilee Bridge after his tender had broken free and drifted away.
The crew was paged and the inshore lifeboat, ‘Vision of Tamworth’, was launched at 11-36a.m. with Jonny Long at the helm, assisted by Saul Tomlin and Chris Rowland. The lifeboat proceeded north along Walney Channel and after passing under Jubilee Bridge located the yacht off North Scale. Once alongside, the yachtsman was transferred to the lifeboat and then returned safely to the Ferry Pitchings and into the care of Furness Coastguard who had also attended the incident.
With the task completed successfully, the lifeboat was able to return to the boathouse where it was made ready for the next launch.
The weather at the time of the incident was overcast with good visibility and the wind was west south-westerly, Force 5. High water had occurred at 9.25a.m. with a height of 8.4 metres.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.